Art History in the Context of Media

Art history challenges us to examine visual artworks, artistic practices and methods, art theories and the diverse forms of their reception, insofar these have been handed down. If the emergence of a technical media culture was comprehended as a provocation of the traditional arts at the beginning of modernity, then it has, in the meantime, become a fact and reference point of contemporary art production and reflection. Art in the focus of mediatisation is interested in, as a specific inspired asset, the connection of imagination, knowledge and every-day life.  

The experiences of the obvious play out in these interrelationships, through which art can first transpire as a productive force of the secret and the surprise. Art history in the context of media considers especially:  

  • the respective new visual technologies (from the reproduction technologies of early modernity, to photography and computer-aided artistic experiments)

  • the history of the mediatisation of artistic material and scope

  • the expanded audiovisual and multimedia art forms (moving images, action forms, performances)

  • art utopias and artistic problems in technological innovation (network experiments, telematic and electronic art forms, interactive computer art)

  • the mutual shaping and infiltration of art and visual communication

  • the changing contexts of the arts (society, politics, institutions, discourses, rhetoric, journalism, urban studies, history of design and architecture)

  • diverse methods of visual analysis, especially in conjunction with psycho-historical, socio-historical, reception aesthetics, hermeneutical, iconological and semiotic questioning

  • aesthetic, technological, psycho-mental machinery of life forms and existence in the interplay of subcultures, techno-manipulations and utopia-emphatic self-transformations. 

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